18 Feb 2016
Posted By:
Comments: 0

ICOMOS-UK are pleased to announce that our conference Capability Brown: Perception and Response in a Global Context, in collaboration with the University of Bath, is now open for booking. 
The conference is part of the Capability Brown Festival and is suppored by the Gardens Trust, The National Trust, Historic England, and the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes.

Date: 9-11 September 2016
Venue: the University of Bath
Fee: £275.00 for ICOMOS members or £340.00 for non-members (non-members’ fee includes 1 year annual membership of ICOMOS-UK)

Contact: admin@icomos-uk.org

Capability Brown changed the face of 18th-century England. Yet he left little written explanation of his work. Much must be inferred from his surviving landscapes and by seeing his work in the wider context of the naturalistic style that developed in Europe and further afield.

This major conference, organised by the Cultural Landscapes and Historic Gardens Committee of ICOMOS-UK (International Council on Monuments and Sites UK), will be one of the highlights of the first-ever national Capability Brown Festival, providing an international dimension to  complement the UK’s national festival of events, openings, exhibitions and publications. 

Over a three-day conference in the historic city of Bath (one of the UK’s World Heritage Sites), world-renowned researchers and practitioners will present Brown’s work in a global context and explore the ways in which it has been interpreted over the last 250 years. The conference will  include evening receptions at Prior Park, the Brown designed valley garden with its iconic  Palladian bridge overlooking the city, and at the Bath Assembly Rooms. There will also be a tour of Brown's landscape at Croome Court, recently restored by the National Trust. Conference papers will be published for delegates in a special edition of Garden History.

Book now: visit http://www.icomos-uk.org/about-us/events/ or download the booking form and programme.


On the Road with Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 2016: Pre and Post Conference Tours from Inspiration Events

Led by John Phibbs, the acknowledged authority on Brown’s work, these two complementary residential tours aim to shed light on, and celebrate, his mysterious achievement. Each will follow the kind of perambulation that Brown himself would have made on his annual visits to the places he was developing. The landscapes have been carefully chosen to represent his entire career and the varied range of landscapes he created.  Thus the first tour ‘The Show Houses’, which precedes the ICOMOS-UK conference,  will take in two of his great show places (Stowe and Blenheim); while the second tour, ‘The Great Estates’, will visit two more private landscapes south of Bath (Sherborne Castle and Milton Abbey). At every place tour delegates will have privileged access to the houses, parks and gardens. Please contact info@nspirationevents.com for the full brochure and to book.


Accommodation is available at the University of Bath. Bookings can be made online at http://tinyurl.com/ICOMOS-UK up until 8th August 2016. After this time, bookings must be made directly with the University’s guest accommodation team: +44 (0)1225 383 441, conferencesandevents@bath.ac.uk

Single en-suite rooms with breakfast: £36 per night

Double/twin rooms en-suite with breakfast: £81 per night

There are a limited number of rooms which will be let on a first come first served basis. Parking on the University campus is included in the price per room for the total length of stay